|DALLAS (October 25, 2021) – Iowa State’s Brock Purdy (offensive) and Will McDonald IV (defensive), along with West Virginia’s Casey Legg (special teams) and Charles Woods (newcomer) joined Kansas’ Devin Neal (newcomer) as Big 12 Football Players of the Week. Purdy picked up his seventh career award while the others are first-time honorees.|
Purdy tallied his 13th career 300-yard passing game (307) and completed over 75% of passes (27-33) for a nation’s-best fifth time in Iowa State’s 24-21 win over No. 8 Oklahoma State. He also tossed a pair of touchdown passes and became ISU’s all-time career leader in completions (844). Purdy is now 14-1 versus Big 12 teams at home in his career, and it was his seventh career victory as a starter against a Top 25 team. He is 49-of-58 in his last two games (84.5 pct.) and has led the Cyclones to seven fourth-quarter comebacks in his career.
While providing pressure the entire game, McDonald was credited with five tackles in the Cyclones’ win over OSU. He had back-to-back sacks in a key fourth-quarter possession to help hold off a Cowboys comeback. McDonald also had a pass breakup and two QB hurries. He now has 25.0 sacks, one shy from the school record.
Legg converted three field goals and totaled 11 points in West Virginia’s 29-17 win at TCU. His makes were from 27, 38 and a season-long 49 yards as he now has 13 field goals on the season and 20 in his career. Legg has seven multi-field goal games in his career, including five this season. He is the first Mountaineer to make three field goals in a game since Evan Staley at Kansas on Sept. 21, 2019. The 49-yarder was the longest by WVU since Legg hit a 51-yarder at Kansas State in 2019.
Neal rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns against No. 2/3 Oklahoma to become just the fourth true freshman nationally to compile these numbers against the Sooners since 2000. It was Neal’s second 100-yard game of the season. Since becoming a starter four games ago, he has rushed for 344 yards on 70 carries for a 4.91-yard average per rush.
Woods recorded his first interception as a Mountaineer at the 13:58 mark in the fourth quarter and returned it 32 yards to set up WVU on the TCU 15-yard line. Three plays later, Leddie Brown scored his third touchdown of the game to give WVU a 12-point lead which was the final margin. Two drives later, Sean Mahone forced a fumble and Woods recovered it with 5:15 left in the game. He also recorded five tackles, including a tackle for loss at the end of the second quarter on a first-and-goal play. Woods then made the touchdown-saving tackle on the 2-yard line on third down, forcing the Horned Frogs to settle for a field goal before the half.
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week
Brock Purdy, Iowa State, QB, Sr.
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week
Will McDonald IV, Iowa State, DE, Jr.
Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week
Casey Legg, West Virginia, K, Jr.
Big 12 Newcomers of the Week
Devin Neal, Kansas, RB, Fr.
Charles Woods, West Virginia, DB, Jr.
|Press Release: Big 12|